Hi everyone and happy Friday!
It's been ages since I've done an Old School J.Crew review. I haven't been trolling ebay as much I guess. While it's still winter (barely, yay!), I wanted to share with you a fabulous old school J.Crew coat from the famous September 2007 Paris catalog, the Dani Stadium Cloth Pea Coat. It's style # 85765. I found two of them fairly recently on ebay for crazy low prices in both red and black (and am still stalking the yellow!), and was so thrilled with them.
They are made from the super warm and well done stadium cloth wool, which I personally think is J.Crew's best coat material. Stands up to time and is really cozy warm, without being crazy heavy and suffocating.
The colors are classic: black, a true red, and a soft, wearable yellow. (Does anyone know if there were other colors?) I can't find a catalog shot of the red colorway.
The style is freaking adorable. The buttons are chunky and really substantial (but not clown-like). They are sewn on quite sturdily, as evidenced by the fact that it's 5 years from the debut and they're still perfectly snug. There are also interior closure buttons.
It's definitely cropped, so keep that in mind if you have a really long torso. (Mine's pretty medium-sized I think? And I'm 5'5".) It has that bit of swing to it, helped along with the cute pleat in the back. The little pockets are in a fun spot and yet are still functional. (Reminds me of putting my hands in a muffler when I was a tiny tot.)
Sizing-wise, I went with a size 4, which is about what I wear in their current coats (although for some recent ones, I have gone down to a 2.). The arm length is great, and there is room for a sweater in both shoulders and arms. I wouldn't size down b/c I wouldn't want it any more cropped.
Unbuttoned, which I don't really do, b/c it looks so wide, even though it looks so cute in the catalog shot. I usually just button the top one if I don't want it fully buttoned.
There you have it, folks. What do you think of the Dani coat? Do/did you have this one? If you can find it on eBay, I highly recommend it. As of right now, I just saw a black one in a size 10 for a great price. (And if you have a yellow, size 4 that you want to sell, let me know! ;)
Since all the spring arrivals are in, you can find some great deals on coat clearances. J.Crew's Majesty Peacoat pops back in sale from time to time, which has a similar lapel. Land's End Canvas has a pea coat in red and in navy on super sale here. Land's End has a spring rain jacket in a similar shape:
Have a great weekend! I'm out of town so might not be around as much!